Ahhhhh…a new baby, an exhausted–but completely smitten–mommy and daddy, and quite possibly an older sibling or two…or seven. There’s nothing quite like the early days of bringing home a sweet and tiny babe. But those moments pass all too quickly, and often you’re in such an exhausted daze that it’s hard to take it all in. The beautiful thing about a lifestyle newborn session is I will do all of that for you. I am about to freeze time so that you can go back in time–whether that be next month, next year, or when your little baby has grown and begins having their own children.
Let me give you some information to help you prep for your upcoming lifestyle session.
Number One: DON’T STRESS!
Yes, that is right. You do not need to look like a super model, and your home does not need to look like it’s on this year’s parade of homes. In fact, I may be secretly jealous of you if either of those are the case when I come to your session. I have had SEVEN babies, and believe me, I was anything but put together for weeks after. Besides, I’m out to capture something much more important and beautiful than the superficial anyway! So I’ll say it again, don’t stress. Trust me.
Number Two: WARDROBE
For in-home newborn sessions, think neutral and soft. The focus of these sessions is your connection with your precious baby in your home–this is not the time to distract from those connections with bold and loud clothing. So put away your glamour wear and pull out something comfy and soft. Now that doesn’t mean go for baggy and frumpy, especially since we don’t want to lose your little one in really loose clothing! Also, pay attention to the colors in your home, as you’ll want to choose outfits that compliment your current décor. Muted and neutral colors usually work best. I would also steer clear of visible logos, if possible. Socks or bare feet are perfectly fine. And young siblings will look sweet in a light-colored (white, gray, etc.) cotton t-shirt or tank top. Think timeless and classic–something you can look back on in twenty years and love, regardless of the ever-changing fashion trends.
Number Three: HOME
I will be looking for the best natural light in your home, so don’t be surprised if I move a few things around here and there to make that work. If you have some messy areas that are a distraction, I will just clear any clutter before I start clicking the shutter. Don’t worry, I’ll put everything back in it’s place before I leave!
Number Four: SIBLINGS
New babies have a way of knocking their new older siblings off kilter. Especially if big brother or big sister is a toddler! Please don’t stress about this before the session. I like to grab the family and sibling shots first–after older brother or sister warms up to me a bit–if it is possible. But if not, or if right after a few initial pictures they decide to take off and take a break, I will just roll with it. Flexibility is the name of the game, and that is my motto when it comes to kids. I will follow their lead, as patience almost always pays off in the end! Of course, a bribe of ice cream or some other special treat or item after the session never hurts!
I think that should wrap it up, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you and your sweet new baby soon!